Hûn Bi Xêr Hatin! – WELCOME
to this
„social start-up“

based on: social ecology +
environmental + Political ANTHROPOLOGY
Research Work
WITH THIS project I aim to build networks and exchange communal knowledge on ecological topics during my PhD studies. Especially Topics Related to Water and society will be in the focus of this project.
Feel free for colloboration about ecological topics or projects about the
EUPHRATES + TIGRIS river basin.
against Water Vulnerability.
Political border + dams - river basin euphrates & tigris
© Şermin Güven: Political border + dams – river basin euphrates & tigris
Behind this Project:
Its me – Şermin. and my Networks.
I am a Cultural & Social Anthropologist with a focus on ENVIRONMENT, ECOLOGY, CRISIS and POLITICs.

Together with my family I Came as a political refugee from Turkey in the 90s – a time when the political repression against minorities was strong.
My family had gone through an internal migration. They Migrated From Kurdish City AgÎri [near the mountain: Ararat] to The West Part in TuRkey Izmir.
In My Childhood – learning collectively, creatively and sharing this with others became my everyday life.
Later in adulthood, actively sharing knowledge with women became a major part of My motivation. Networking against vulnerabilities continued to be my commitment .
Especially as a Kurdish Woman.
This digital NETWORK Project is about the transboundary rivers EUPHRATes + TIGRIS, about HUMANS and their relationship towards their ENVIRONMENT in this Region.
EUPHRATes + TIGRISare two rivers in the Near East that shaped and continues to shape space and policies across history and cultures.
The cross-border river basin of Euphrates and Tigris extends geographically from the Taurus Mountains in eastern Turkey to the Persian Gulf. The ancient area of Mesopotamia includes some of the oldest sites of human civilization. Even today it is still a key region of the Middle East ‒ threatened by war, environmental disasters, and profound crises in water supply. Most parts of Mesopotamia are semi-arid and arid regions that can’t rely on regular sufficient rainfalls and are dependent on transboundary rivers like Euphrates and Tigris.
As a consequence of climate change and growing population per capita water supply is diminished.
Water scarcity is a threat multiplier for armed conflict, displacement and poverty.
On this website I will bring the inhabitants and environment into focus through different methods to give a better understanding to this Topic.

As a PhD Student in Social and Cultural Anthropology – I will design this process interdisiplinarily on the one hand digitally and on the other hand through workshops and exhibitions.
Based on ethnographic methods I have made interviews and field notes about residents of these rivers. I will present these in different Creative forms through this digital project While I am Writting my PhD Thesis.
„AV – Watter – is important for us – Humans.
– For The EcoSytem“
A V = W A T E R = H2O as an important element in the ECOLOGY and in Euphrates + Tigris region.

WATER SCARCITY and POLITICAL SCARCITY Are in this Region vulnerabilities What the divers societies encounter.
My PhD project investigates the negotiation of alternative water policies in the Euphrates + Tigris region. The focus lies on translocal networks and political alliances of local people and civil society ‒ including their common claims, shared values and processes of cooperations for resilience.
Step by step, I will analyze status quo of the water crisis from a global to a local perspective. With the help of ecological exhibitions, workshops, interaktiv map (OpenStreetMap, Google Maps), satellite footage (NASA, ESA), videos, interviews, photos, I will keep on focus on the grievances & scarcity and raise awareness to the Ecological – especially Water crisis in the euphrates/tigris region.
I will also Look on the Sustainable Development Goals for this Region. 17 Goals are summed up for a suistainable Future In the World. This Goals are framed by United Nations. They include 3 Dimensions: EnvironmentAl, Social and Economical. Regarding The Euphrates and Tigris River Basin and the Region as a whole hese goals are of utmost importance for the Future.
Here it is important To have a close look on how it can be possible for the Diverse Population of this Region to recieve Knowledge about these Goals and and associated approaches to solutions During a Time of Political Scarcities?
17 GOALS a Sustainable FUTURE. For the Whole World? A Road Map proposed from the UN. Does it also apply to the region of Euphrates + Tigris? If yes – why are there Paradoxe attitudes? These are 17 goals to transform the world until 2030. 8 years LEFT and little action and attitude has been done for this region.
EUPHRAT + TIGRIS Is not realy included in the focus of UN. WHY? Weren’t these goals Global?

Soon moore about this topic – here

RELATED WATER I will Ask and Collect the Answer from the Communities:

> What could the increasing demand for water do to society?
> Can the international law help communities?
> What do we mean by the term: „water crisis“?
> How should we best understand water crisis?
> Is a lack of water discriminatory?
> Do we humans have a right to water? Where does that come from?
> Water rights = women’s rights?
> What are water towers for?
> What do we mean by WASH?
> How does the water supply crisis come about?
> Who owns water?